1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Black Rat Imperial Stout - Cellar Rats Brewery

Not Rated.
Black Rat Imperial StoutBlack Rat Imperial Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

90 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 90
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 9
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Cellar Rats Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: adamette on 12-30-2009)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 90 | Reviews: 27 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by the Alström Bros:

  None found.

More User Reviews:
Photo of jminch
4/5  rDev +0.8%

jminch, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark tan head forming thick, fine even speckled lacing with a pitch black body absorbing all of the visible light. Aroma has dark chocolate/mild coffee accents from the dark roasted malts, mild fruitiness with herbal hops in the backend. Flavor has creamy dark chocolate notes almost like a big milk stout caliber creamy sweetness. I like the red rat on the label with the soviet hammer and sickle on it's side. "The Black Rat is a juggernaut of a beer. This imperial, milk stout is big and full of flavor and may remind you of an Irish coffee with lots of cream and sugar. This monster beer clocks in at 9.2% A.B.V. It truly is bitter sweet and velvety smooth." Yep I knew this was too laden with milk sugar not to be a sweet stout, it's imperial and has some serious alcohol that I can't even taste. Big smooth mouthfeel big body with big creamy textures, even carbonation mellow smooth big beer at it's best for a small brewer in Ohio. Drinkability overall it's one and done for me the roasted malts get hidden by big layers of fruitiness and big layers of lactose infused sweetness, which makes it lack some much needed balance. I may get diabetes if I drink too much of this but for an enjoyable imperial stout experience this is good up there with the new Southern Tier 2X Imperial Milk Stout.

WVbeergeek, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of brianplatt
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

brianplatt, May 24, 2012
Photo of Zonian1
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Zonian1, May 03, 2014
Photo of Snooprobirob
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Snooprobirob, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of huskermike12
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

huskermike12, May 04, 2012
Photo of JT99125
4/5  rDev +0.8%

JT99125, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of ChrisL24481
4/5  rDev +0.8%

ChrisL24481, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of Lanstrum
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Lanstrum, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of ohiobeer29
2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

ohiobeer29, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of Hostil1
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Hostil1, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of Bung
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. Picked up in Columbus OH. Descently thick looking black pour. Just a ring of cream colored bubbles.

Aroma, roast malt, dark chocolate, quite a bit of mocha latte. Some cocoa.

Taste, quite a bit of strong flavors. Milk sugar, milk chocolate up front. Some roast malt, solid dose of coffee. Kind of tastes like one if those Starbucks coffee drinks.

A little thin, but it drinks quite easy. Fairly active carbonation helps the lighter feel as well. Maybe just a tad sweet.
Actually reminded me a bit of Williamsburg Alewirks Coffeehouse.
Worth trying one.

Bung, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head that didn't stay around for long. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is very sweet, the brew smells mostly like milk chocolate, along with some roasted malt, coffee and molasses. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, I think the milk chocolate flavor is the strongest, but there's also some roasted and burnt/charred malt, coffee, and cream noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy with moderate carbonation. I certainly don't notice the alcohol in this brew, it's really easy to drink. At $10.99 a 4-pack, I'll buy it again.

bluejacket74, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of bonez05404
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

bonez05404, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of Adkins721
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Adkins721, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of buschbeer
4/5  rDev +0.8%

buschbeer, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of 1424IpA
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

1424IpA, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler at World Wine & Liquor in Mentor, Ohio. This batch is up around 9.2%.

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a jet black, with no light getting through anywhere. Slow rising light mocha head of about two fingers that gently drops to a mere wisp of foam. Some light lacing.

Aromas of light cocoa, coffee, slight roast. Aroma is very subdued. Not overwhelming.

Flavors of sweet malt, roast malt, some anise, light cocoa and coffee. Finish is medium with roasted malt and sweet cocoa in the fade.

Mouthfeel is full, chewy, mouthcoating roastiness.

Overall very drinkable, nice RIS. Alcohol doesn't really come through, very dangerous brew.

JamnesCameron, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

pathman, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of BB1313
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black, barely any light getting into this one. Off-white head which fades, nice retention and decent lacing. Lots of roasty characteristics up front. There's a nice touch of smoke and milk chocolate. The flavors are pretty sweet. Irish coffee in the mix with lots of cream and sugar, just how Cellar Rats described it. Finishes bittersweet, with an expresso aftertaste. Body is extremely fluffy, smooth and creamy, but light and not heavy or chewy. It would be hard to drink more than one due to the sweetness, but it's pretty tasty and has alot going for it.

I really like the Irish coffee, cream and sugar vibe. This is such a nice stout, sweet, but it's supposed to be. Great unique take on the style. Recommended.

BB1313, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of Glanzman
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Glanzman, May 23, 2014
Photo of rypkr
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

rypkr, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of pogoowner
4/5  rDev +0.8%

pogoowner, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of sendsilk
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

sendsilk, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of TheHoppiest
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

TheHoppiest, Jul 11, 2012
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Black Rat Imperial Stout from Cellar Rats Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.